Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov: A Review

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov was a touching story about a young American woman who travels to Soviet Russia, the country that her parents immigrated from, in order to be apart of the socialist revolution.  Upon living and working in Russia for many years, the young woman's passport is confiscated and she finds herself unable to leave Russia.  She finds herself a victim of antisemitism and anti-American sentiment. She meets an American man who is going through the same thing and has a child with him. When both of them are accused of being traitors, they are sent to prison camps and their son is raised in an orphanage.

This story is very sad but the author is able to convey hope in her writing. This book contains a lot of information that is not often spoken about in history classes about the Soviet Union and the relationship between the United States and Russia at that time. So much of this book shines a light on the injustices that many in Soviet citizens suffered. Readers will easily see the hypocrisy that Flora, and later Lenny, refuse to see and will see parallels in both the Soviet and American political systems. I really enjoyed reading the novel but I was a bit frustrated when the book ended and I was still left with unanswered questions. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great historical novel.  Sana Krasikov, as an immigrant from Russia, is able to impart a first-hand knowledge that other authors may not be able to.  Watch a video of the author speaking about her inspiration for the novel here.  

This book was released today and can be purchased at booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Read other reader's accounts of this book on Goodreads

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